I monitor my sugar level before breakfast and my numbers are right on target, should I still take metformin. This doesn't happen everyday though
Yes, I believe so. I have insulin resistance, which means my pancreas still works, but it works overtime because my cells are resistant to the insulin. The Metformin kind of "wakes up" the cells to make them more receptive to the insulin so the pancreas doesn't have to work so hard.
When I was first diagnosed, my fasting insulin level was supposed to be around 12 but no higher than 20 - and I tested in the 270's - they called and said they didn't know how I wasn't in a coma, they had never seen anything like it, and the test results took so long because the lab re-tested it three times, thinking there was a problem with the test.
They put me on Metformin, and within just a few months, they had me under 20, but I had to stay on it, or it would go back up again. I began to go on Weight Watchers and lost 86 pounds and got really healthy, and it was right around then that I relocated to another state. I went to a new general practitioner and told him that I needed a prescription to Metformin, and he refused, telling me that my numbers were perfect, and I was as healthy as a horse. I gradually gained weight over about two years, and eventually switched doctors, feeling worse and worse. This new doctor did new lab tests, and sure enough, I was over 100 again, and put me on Metformin, telling me that I should really stay on it for the rest of my life. This is not the first doctor to use those very same words. One doctor I met said that anyone with insulin or blood sugar issues should stay on Metformin for a lifetime because it's an excellent drug with no issues related to long-term use, and it keeps people stable, which extends their life, which is more important, than to have Diabetes kick in.
I guess my point is, my numbers WERE perfect, and I was eating nothing but healthy foods and was at an ideal weight, and before long, they fell out of that range into a dangerous level again because a stupid doctor refused to listen to meh!
- Metformin Information for Consumers
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- Side Effects of Metformin (detailed)
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